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High on the Hog: Charlottesville Native Surprises Community with Feature in Netflix Documentary

In late May Netflix released a limited series entitled High on the Hog. The series explores African American culinary history and its influence on modern day food. As the docuseries gained popularity, Charlottesville area residents were surprised to see a familiar face: Niya Bates. Bates, who worked at Monticello as the Director of African American […]

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‘A time for healing’ — In-person return planned for Women’s Initiative class focused on physical, mental health

On a warm Wednesday afternoon, under the shade of an old oak tree, the sound of percussion can be heard across the hilltop in Washington Park. Lillie Williams, an African dance instructor with 20 years of experience, sits patiently with drummer William Whitten on a nearby bench as members of her Chihamba class arrive.  Chihamba, […]

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Lieutenant governor candidate Rasoul rolls out policies to protect local news

With the June 8 primaries just around the corner, many Virginians will find themselves turning to their local and statewide newspapers for insights on their choice of candidates. While local newspapers serve as communal resources, the amount of local outlets has shrunk in recent years. As the concern grows, people are taking action — from […]

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New directory focuses on area’s Black businesses

Over the past year, University of Virginia graduate Destinee Wright has been hard at work finalizing the Charlottesville Black Business Directory. When Destinee began her passion project in 2018, she recognized a need to connect Black business owners to the local community.  “It started as a Facebook post,” Destinee shared. “Where are the Black businesses? […]

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With mask mandate lifted for vaccinated people, some businesses can still require them

Despite Gov. Ralph Northam’s announcement that lifts mask requirements in indoor spaces, some Charlottesville-area businesses say it still might be a while before they allow people to enter without face coverings.  The announcement comes on the heels of new guidelines from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stating that vaccinated people no longer need to […]

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Out of gas: How the Colonial Pipeline crisis affected the Charlottesville area and what to expect

*This is a developing story and this page will be updated frequently Following a May 7 cybersecurity attack on Georgia-based Colonial Pipeline that prompted the company to shut off its service, several states, including Virginia, experienced a fuel shortage. The pipeline, which runs from eastern Texas up and over into New Jersey is a major […]